The Museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, April 27 for scheduled maintenance.

Dear Visitors,

Spring is a busy time at the New York State Museum, with families, school groups and visitors from around the state and the country coming to learn about the Empire State’s rich history. 

Don’t forget to stop by these temporary exhibitions during your next visit:

Throughout the spring and summer, Museum staff will be hard at work renovating Bird Hall. Bird Hall is a favorite among visitors young and old and we’re eager to update this popular exhibition. The exhibition will continue to highlight the incredible birds that live in New York and place them in dioramas of their natural environment.

Later this spring we will install “Papa Burger” on the 4th floor of the Museum. This 9-foot, 500-pound statue that adorned the A&W root beer chain of restaurants in the 1960s has recently been restored to his original colors and details. Follow us on social media or subscribe to our newsletter for updates and to find out when Papa Burger officially moves into his new home.

This spring will feature many programs celebrating the Historic Woodstock Art Colony exhibition, including a symposium on May 2 and an exhibit tour and children’s art program on May 19. Always check our Programs page before visiting the Museum to see what free, educational programs may be happening during your visit.

As always, Museum scientists and historians continue to conduct fascinating research. Check our Research and Collections page to learn more about what our scientists and historians have been working on. 

I’ll see you at the Museum.

Mark Schaming

Director, New York State Museum

Contact the Director's Office: Email museuminfo@nysed.gov or call 518-474-5812. 

Mark Schaming, Museum Director